Jennifer Young (Rice University Professor) Dies In Car Crash; Newborn Saved Then Passes
A Rice University math professor was crossing the street on Tuesday when she was struck and killed by a car. Her baby was successfully delivered but died a day later.
Her baby was delivered successfully via C-section hours after her death, but succumbed to injuries the following day and died, KVUE reports.
Jennifer Young, a 30-year-old post-doctoral instructor who was seven months pregnant, was crossing the street near the Texas Medical Center in Houston when she was struck by an Acura MDX. She was rushed to Memorial Hermann Hospital but died shortly afterwards, reports The Houston Chronicle.
The doctors performed an emergency C-section hours after the death and were successful in delivering the baby. The newborn was Young and her husband’s first child and was named Samantha. She survived for about a day before succumbing to injuries sustained during the accident.
According to KHOU, the driver of the Acura MDX was questioned at the scene and then released. The investigation continues.
Young had a bright future ahead of her. She was scheduled to complete the final year of a prestigious fellowship in applied mathematics by fall this year. She had accepted a tenure-track at another university and would have been awarded a full professorship in a year.
In a letter addressed to the Rice University community by the chair of the Computational and Applied Mathematics Department, Matthias Heinkenschloss, he stated that Young was deeply loved by students and had among the best teaching evaluations in department history.
“She had this love and belief that one could do it all, with no complaints.” says Rice Professor Steve Cox to the Chronicle. “It seemed like the stars were perfectly aligned for her,” he adds. “It’s just tragic.”